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Countstar Mira BF

Brightfield Cell Analyzer

The Countstar Mira BF Automated Cell Analyzer integrates advanced optical imaging technology, intelligent image recognition, and user-friendly consumable design to achieve the detection and analysis of multiple samples. Results are generated in seconds and provide you with a full range of cell culture information that may assist in determining ideal cell culture conditions.


Core Advantages

  • Future development of customized adapters may allow the analysis of more culture vessels.
  • Innovative, optical zoom technology will meet the needs of many researchers who want to analyze a wide range of cell species with a single instrument.
  • The Al based, self-learning imageanalysis algorithms are capable of accurately identifying and quantifying small aggregated suspension cells, organoids, and a wide variety of adherent cells.
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Adapters for Your Favorite Consumables

The Countstar Mira BF Automated Cell Analyzer analyzes cells and particles using our proprietary Countstar chamber slide. By switching to one of the alternative adapter plates, a standard hemocytometer of type Neubauer, Thoma, or Fuchs-Rosenthal can be used as sample carriers. With these adapters, the Countstar Mira BF is also compatible with 35/60/100mm cell culture petri dishes and T25 mini cell culture flasks. The sliding adapter allows also the non- invasive, repeated analysis of 4-, 8-, 12-, or 18 chamber µ-slides for monitoring adherent cells, organoids, and 3D cell spheres during their cultivation. Future development of customized adapters may allow the analysis of more culture vessels.

Compatible With Multiple Types of Consumables
Countstar Chamber Slides Application:Organoid
Analysis/Cell and Object
counting/Trypan Blue
Viability Assays
3.5/6/10cm Petri Dishs
Applications: Organoid
 T25 Mini Cell
Culture Flasks
Confluence Analysis
Trypan Blue Viability/Cell Counting
8-Chamber µ-Slides
Organoid Analysis/Cell Confluence Studies
4-Chamber µ-Slides
Organoid Analysis/Cell Confluence Studies

Innovative, Optical Zoom Technology (5.0x, 6.6x, 8.0x)

The Countstar Mira BF Automated Cell Analyzer uses the easily adjustable Optical Zoom Technology, which allows analysis of objects/cells in a range of 2µm up to 180µm. This flexibility will meet the needs of many researchers who want to analyze a wide range of cell species with a single instrument.

Optical Zoom Technology– Cross linked agarose beads (approx. 45µm Ø) in 5.0x, 6.6x, and 8.0x magnification

Pre-installed and Customizable BioApps Offering a Variety of Analytical Assay

The layout of the Android-based Graphical User Interface (GUI) of the Countstar Mira BF allows for a simple and efficient user experience. A number of preset and customizable BioApps (assay templates), fitted to a variety of cell types, can be added and modified to meet current and future research goals. Using a BioApp requires a simple click of the desired BioApp, naming the sample, selecting the dilution, and a test can be performed, making the analysis simple and convenient. The design of the GUI streamlines any experiment and provides immediate and detailed access to the acquired hi-res images and multiple result data.

Analyze various organisms using versatile BioApps     – Analyze various organisms using versatile BioApps(assay templates)
Selection of BioApps– Selection of BioApps

a Variety of Analytical Assays

AI-based Image Recognition Algorithms

The Al (Artificial Intelligence) based, self-learning image analysis algorithms of the Countstar Mira BF are capable of accurately identifying and quantifying small aggregated suspension cells, organoids, and a wide variety of adherent cells. Beyond that, the Countstar Mira BF offers a wide range of analysis functions by providing the ability to analyze organoids, 3D cell spheres, and other, 2-180µm large dimension particles. The powerful imaging capabilities of the Countstar Mira BF allow customized solutions based on future needs.

Result Output, Data Storage, and Export

The intuitive software of the Countstar Mira BF gives an easy access to all acquired images and result data. Sorted in the Assay (BioApp) data library by date and time, a selection of the desired experiment is done by a few clicks on the touch screen. The internal storage capacity of 128GB enable the operator to store up to 50,000 tests.

Overview menu showing results of a single analysis-Overview menu showing results of a single analysis

Beyond standard results such as cell concentration,viability (mortility) rate, diameter, roundness, and agglomeration rate, the Countstar Mira BF can determine and display the cell culture confluence status, the rate of adherent cells, the number of organoids, their sizes, and their central light transmittance. Diagrams, generated inside the software, will visualize the results of the experiments.

Diameter Graph-Automatically generated diameter distribution histogram of a selected sample

Analytical tools and the hi-res images visualize the cell growth status and the cell size distribution to optimize cell culture conditions. Export tools for images, csv data, and pdf reports are integrated for an advanced experiment analysis.

Growth Curve-Comparison of growth curves of two similar cultivation experiments

  Fast and Intuitive Handling

The experiment preparation menu: Select one or more chambers, enter the corresponding sample ID, define the used dilution and click on Start – a convenient and time-saving analysis experience, completedin less than 20 sec.

Typan blue-CHO -Test Preparation Menu

The consumables management library allows a quick selection of the appropriate sample carrier for a BioApp. The focus data for the consumables are already pre-registered. New consumables with different geometry can be added to this library, and their focus layer value can be easily determined in the Manual Analysis menu.

Consumable Management-Consumable Management

The preset experiment protocols in the BioApp library do not require any user interaction during the analysis. Up to five chambers can be analyzed consecutively. Up to three (3) regions of interest can be acquired in a single chamber of a Countstar Chamber slide to optimize the assays’s accuracy and precision.

Product Application

Trypan Blue BioApps

The classical Trypan blue staining method is one of the most commonly used identification method for the classification and quantification of viable and dead cells inside mammalian cell cultures.
Due to the intact membrane structure in living cells, the Trypan Blue dye will be prevented from entering a cells cytoplasm. Dying cells that lose activity and whose membranes get disintegrated cause a permeability for the stain Trypan Blue. The intensive staining of the cells interior allows for a clear, reliable, and fast discrimination between the living and dead cells.

HEK 293 cells, stained by Trypan Blue-HEK 293 cells, stained by Trypan Blue. Left: Original acquired image;
Right: Labelling by the AI image recognition algorithms:
green: viable cells; red: dead cells, white: agglomerated cell complexes

Versatile Object Count BioApps

The selectable 5.0x, 6.6x, and 8.0x optical zoom options of the Countstar Mira BF automatic cell analyzer allows the operator to detect and quantify the concentration of small-sized (2-8 µm) particle suspensions such as Chlorella algae and Pichia fungi.iPSC-based spheroids

Versatile Object Count

The Countstar Mira BF is equipped with BioApps enabling each user to quantify organoids derived from enzymatic digestion of tissue in a sample. Using the proprietary Countstar chamber slides, three (3) to five (5) different fields of view can be acquired per single chamber.This increases the sample volume monitored, resulting in a higher accuracy of the test data.
Indicators such as the number of organoids, the area covered in the view frame, the average area of the organoids, the cell’s average diameter, shape factor (roundness), the number of cells and the total area can be measured. A diameter distribution histogram and an area distribution histogram for each image can be generated in the Countstar Mira BF software.
Growth curves help in visualizing the effects of nutrition supply to determine the ideal point of a passage and the response time to drugs by organoids.

organoids of a mouse model (low density)
Small (digested) organoids of a mouse model (low density).
Left: directly after digestion; Right two days later.
The red circles mark an organoid, green circles individual cells.

Organoid BioApp

Detailed analysis of the amount and the morphological changes in a cultivation of organoids has become an important field of research in the development of cell-based assays, in drug screening, and cell culture quality control.
The BioApps of the Countstar Mira BF will analyze six (6) important parameters – the number of organoids, average area, average circularity, average central transmittance, diameter distribution of organoids, and growth behavior – all obtained by imaging and analyzing them over the complete time span of the experiment to monitor the growth and differentiation of organoids.

Stem cell derived 3D Cyst-Bud formation in a mice modelStem cell derived 3D Cyst-Bud formation in a mice model– scheme of proliferation and organoid structure development.
Development of intestinal mice organoidsDevelopment of intestinal mice organoids, repeatedly observed in a 4-chamber µ-slide (ibidi) by the Countstar Mira BF over 168 h

In the ″Observe and Take Pictures″ mode, the user has the ability to select manually the field of view and adjust the focus layer of the vessel bottom.The Countstar Mira BF captures the images in the selected areas, analyzes subsequently those images to determine the number of organoids in the region of interest. In addition, the diameter of the organoids, the total area, the center transmittance of the cell clusters, and their shape factor (roundness) are analyzed as specific indicators of the observed organoids.

Result view of the organoid analysisResult view of the organoid analysis. Each classified organoid gets an individual number, referring to the detailed result list in the menu.

Pdf report of a organoid study,

Confluence BioApp

Example: Confluence analysis of HEK293 cells, grown in 10cm cell culture petri dishes over time is shown below. A threshold of cell confluency (percentage of the area covered by cells in relation to the possible total growth area), is usually defined to assess the timing of the cells passaging. Precise timing is critical for maintaining the cell phenotype and culture quality.
The Countstar Mira BF Automated Cell Analyzer features the ability to analyze the confluency of adherent cells grown in petri dishes and T25 flasks. Using innovative, artificial intelligence (AI) based image recognition algorithms, the adherent cell area and the non-adherent single cells are marked to obtain the confluency and adherence rate simultaneously. The evaluation of the cell proliferation by generating a growth curve in the software provides a new method for precise and accurate assessment of different cell lines.

Result view of a confluence analysis of HEK293 cellsResult view of a confluence analysis of HEK293 cells, grown over 72h in a 10cm cell culture dish
HEK293 cell three-day confluence study sHEK293 cell three-day confluence study showing the original images. Above the corresponding confluence progression graph is displayed, that can be generated directly in the DATA module of the Countstar Mira BF software. The graph describes the duplication rate of the cell monolayer over time, providing quantitative and qualitative parameters about the cell’s vitality.
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